Construction has topped out at the corner of 102nd Street and Success Avenue, site of Children Institute's new $20-million Watts campus

The project, which replaced a parking lot across the street from Ted Watkins Memorial Park, is a two-story structure which will house therapeutic programs, parenting workshops, and after-school activities serving children and families affected by poverty.  The steel-frame building will also include the new headquarters of the Watts Gang Task Force.

“This campus will serve many purposes as CII responds to immediate threats to the lives and well-being of families while also addressing bigger systemic issues that have made residents in this community incredibly vulnerable during this crisis,” said Children's Institute President Martine Singer in a statement posted to the organization's website.

Architect Frank Gehry designed the campus, which is depicted in a scale model as a series of boxy forms clad with materials such as corrugated metal.

The 20,000-square-foot building, which began construction in January 2020, is scheduled for completion in 2021.